Player observes that there are three British commandos in the town jail. Since Hitler has ordered that commandos should be denied P.O.W. status and shot, Preston asks the Kommandant, a fair... See full summary »

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William Rushton ...
Major Trumpington
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Paul Chapman ...
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Hans Meyer ...
Patrick Durkin ...
Sergeant Arbuckle
Phil Speary ...
Corporal Godbolt
John Rapley ...
Hauptsturmfuehrer Braun
David Trevena ...
German Police Sergeant
Denis DeMarne ...
Capt. Vaisey (as Denis De Marne)
John Dunn-Hill ...
French Orderly
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Player observes that there are three British commandos in the town jail. Since Hitler has ordered that commandos should be denied P.O.W. status and shot, Preston asks the Kommandant, a fair man, to take them under his jurisdiction. Mohn backs this suggestion but he has an ulterior motive as he predicts, accurately, that the British prisoners will help the commandos to escape, and he means to be there to intercept them. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 January 1974 (UK)  »

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The British were in an extremely dangerous situation here. As POW's they enjoyed the protection of the Geneva Conventions. The three commandos did not: they were not regular combatants, as they did not wear uniforms nor did they carry military distinctions. Saboteurs behind enemy lines, partisans and spies are subjected to national law; in times of war they are a serious threat and therefore can be treated very harshly - they may even be executed. So I am sorry to say that in this particular situation Hitler was not wrong. Colonel Preston's first inclination was not to interfere with the situation, thus accepting the three commandos' probable death. When he did interfere, he was legally wrong, endangering his men, which Major Mohn was well aware of. See more »

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